Day 2 of this this year’s York Ebor Festival was headlined by the Darley Yorkshire Oaks. Also on the card was the Lowther where thirteen horses lined up for glory.
Here we recap the best of the action from both races.
Darley Yorkshire Oaks
Group 1, 1 mile and three furlongs, open to fillies and mares, three and over. Total prize pool £500,000
- Alpinista +175
- Tuesday +375
- La Petite Coco +400
In what looked like one of the best races of the week, Alpinista proved all of the doubters wrong by winning her first Group 1 race on British soil.
Heading into the race as the favourite, many questioned whether her form from Grade 1 victories in France and Germany was strong enough to beat the high calibre of horses in this year’s Yorkshire Oaks.
In what proved to be a fantastic race, Alpinista showed all of her class to run out a deserving winner.
Travelling well into the contest, she looked the one to beat from a long way out. Always prominent, at the two furlong pole she grabbed the lead from long time leader La Petit Coco and would be able to keep up the relentless gallop.
In hot pursuit was the Aidan O’Brien trained Tuesday who was looking to pair her Oaks victory with this prestigious prize.
As the horses entered the final furlong it looked like Tuesday might just have enough closing speed to wear Alpinista down but running out of both time and track, it wasn’t to be.
Showing a game attitude Alpinista, stuck her neck out to win by just over a length. Tuesday ran with credit to finish second, whilst connections of La Petite Coco can be proud of her really game performance to finish third.
Group 2, 6 furlongs, open to two year old fillies. Total prize pool £150,000
- Swingalong +2500
- Queen Me +2000
- Matilda Picotte +1100
In what was a typically open Lowther, thirteen horses lined up for this year’s renewal. Heading the market was the Karl Burke trained Dramatised who for many was the banker of the week. Unbeaten in his two career starts, many believed this race would be a stepping stone onto bigger and better things. However, he would ultimately fail to fire and could only finish 5th.
Karl Burke did train the winner but it wasn’t the horse that many expected, it was instead his second string Swingalong who landed the shock.
Always prominent with the leading pacesetters, Swingalong nudged ahead in the final furlong. Despite pressure from all around, he kept finding and gamely hung on for a well deserved success. It was second consecutive victory for this rapid improver and it will be interesting to see where he ends up next.
Queen Me was the only horse in the field to have only had one run. She was easily the most unexposed horse in the race and she ran a cracker to finish a narrow second. It could arguably be her inexperience that cost her the win.
Matilda Picotte ran with huge credit to finish third. Check out the 2023 Lowther Stakes Odds, Field and Betting Picks
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